Immediately after the start, nine passengers managed to isolate themselves from the peloton. But the fugitives were not given much space. For example, the first runners on the iconic Jaizkibel were already caught, after which Tadej Pogacar was immediately thrown into the sea. Number two at the last Tour de France couldn’t keep up with the peloton’s pace. He has yet to recover from the Tour de France.
After that, Quick.Step-Alpha Vinyl took charge of the race. An attack by Remco Evenepoel was in the making. This came in the penultimate climb of the day. Simon Yates was the only one who could follow him in fitness, until he too had to pull back 45 kilometers from the finish. Evenepoel was alone at the time…
Wait or continue? Of course, Evenepoel chose the latter. In a short time, he put together a stalking group with Yates, Tesg Bennott, Buck Mollema, Carlos Rodriguez and Pavel Sivakov in a minute. The latter two went in search of the favorite Belgian candidate, but that did not work out. exactly the contrary.
The impressive Evenepoel extended his lead – speaking of a demonstration. After the 45-kilometer solo, he made the victory gesture in San Sebastian – he previously won the Basque Classic in 2019. Sivakov crossed the line two minutes after Eveningball, Pinot was a good third.
Evinball overjoyed: “What a season so far…”
“I am so happy. All the hard work pays off. What a season. This is already my eleventh victory this year,” Evenpoel said in the first reaction. Then, give more explanation in a later interview. “I got goosebumps when I crossed the finish line. It was a great race, everything went smoothly until Jaizkibel came in. The plan was to continue there with the team. The fact that Pogacar and Almeida had to unload is a sign that things went quickly. For me, it was motivating. To see my teammates work like this.”
Evenepoel fired perfectly at the foot of Erlaitz. “Two EF guys moved, but they instantly fell silent. A strange move of them. At that moment I knew the whole thing was going to explode with acceleration. And it happened. I thought Yates would be competitive, but when he was released, I knew I had to go to the finish line. “.
Vlaams Brabanter did not think to wait. “At the summit I was a minute ahead of two men. It’s not that the chase group consists of 40 riders. That’s why I wanted to keep going. Finally, I took another minute and at the top of the last climb I knew he was there. For me, this is the perfect way to get back into the competition” .
Where does Evenepoel put this win? “Liège-Bastogne-Liège is a monument, so the victory is even higher. But this is one of the best matches I’ve won so far, because of the method. This is an affirmation for me and the team that we are doing very well towards Volta.”
Evenpool confidently heads to the Vuelta a España. “Obviously I’m in very good shape when I’m new. Now I’m going on an eleven-day training period and I want to start on a new Vuelta as much as possible. Do I dream of the stage? I’d be very satisfied if I made it to the top 10 in the general classification or won a stage.”
Benoot: “He chose his own speed when he attacked Remco”
Benoot finished third today. “I performed better than expected, especially after such a tough Tour de France,” said our compatriot Jumbo Visma. “When I saw Remko’s attack, I chose my own pace. Because you can see Yates collapsed there. Later I got close to Sivakov. It was second place in it, but I’m definitely satisfied with that third. I didn’t feel empty after the Tour de France. What am I going to do with this situation? Rest for a while, then go to the World Cup via the Tour of Germany and the Canadian Races.”
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